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Copied from Diaspora
"Diaspora is an open-source and distributed community of social networks run by users that enables you to own your own personal data, control with whom you share, and discover cool stuff throughout the Web."

This is a non-profit, distributed and decentralized open source social networking site. They (all the developers) put privacy and security first. There will never be any big corporate buy out, no advertisements and nobody to buy your data and personal information. They allow pseudonyms so you don't have to give out your real name. You don't even have to upload a real picture of yourself and there's no tagging facial recognition to be paranoid about.

I should mention that the source code is available and anybody can and is encouraged to start their own "Pod" to host a Diaspora* network. This means you can contribute code and help with the community effort.

The pods are supported by donations from it's users and according to this blog post of theirs they are incorporated as a for-profit C corporation.

Another interesting feature is the "Stream" where you update your "Status" and can share other information even including pictures and even videos. When posting links if you add an extra slash ( / ) in the address. For example https:///* would automatically get shortened using their in-house URL shortener. If your curious that turned out to be In light grey text next to the URL it'll say what it is when it's expanded. This feature is great when posting really long links such as directions from Google Maps or something.**

Also in the Stream are #hashtags which you can follow. I actually find this way more useful and interesting than I originally thought. It's like micro-blogging but there's no limit that I can see as far as length goes.

Of course this all applies with public posts. There's these things called "Aspects" which I've actually been trying to convince :vfVampireFreaks to steal the idea of and modify the lists on VF. You can post to multiple Aspects and even have people in more than one of them. They won't see your post multiple times. The greatness of this is if you've got family or co-workers or casual acquaintances that you really don't know connected on D* and you want to share something with only a select group of people. This makes it so much easier because there's a checklist of Aspects rather than just a List of which you can only select one group with as is currently with VF.

You can connect to other networks such as Twatter, Faceboo, and Fumblr and there are plenty of other features that I have neglected to mention so check out Diasora Foundation and find out for yourself.

D* always uses HTTPS so you're always connecting to the site with SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.
It's also not trying to be a one-in-all site with music, pictures, videos, games and everything else to bloat it up with certain other websites. There are much better sites for those specific things. It usually doesn't work out too well if one site tries to be everything. D* is simple and a great way to keep in contact with people.

Oh, and I suggest you join or check this list and the links provided.

**I don't condone using anything from Google however I have to admit that their Maps are the best because they even show you directions by foot, bicycle and public transportation and notify you of toll roads.
gothfvck: (Gnu)
Open source means that the code the program is freely available.

Well, great. Why should I care about that?
For one it means people can check the code for malicious lines and make sure nothing harmful will run when the program runs. That also means that more people generally are checking for security vulnerabilities and bugs.
This leads to smoother running programs with more features that are safer to use.

Also they usually don't have a company that has strict deadlines and other strict rules about what they can do with the program. Most of these programs are made by volunteers working in their own time but some such as those made by Mozilla, Red Hat, and Canonical have a full staff. Each project has it's own structure with deadlines, guidelines, and other lines. This allows the groups writing the program to have more freedom and be more creative.

Either way with the code available if somebody wants to go a different direction with the project they're able to do so. This is called "forking" and can be a mess or lead to something amazing.

However not all projects that show their code allow it to be modified and shared. There are many different licenses and some simply show the lines for the sake of transparency.

Many programs run across multiple operating systems; they're cross platform. If you know what you're doing you could port something to your OS or request that someone else does and maybe they will. Some great programs that you may use are built with open source technology such as Firefox, Pidgin, XChat, Vuze, VLC Media Player and LibreOffice.

Software isn't the only thing that's able to be open source. There is also a growing amount of open source hardware. The difference is instead of making code available they make the plans of creating the physical item available. One's digital and one's physical.

Open source is a counter to the restrictions of closed source. It's about embracing freedom. Join in and pass it along!


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